Takeoffs and Landings: LA Galaxy depart North Carolina

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The LA Galaxy are shipping up to Boston on Thursday as they turn the page from their "stinging" 2-0 defeat to Carolina RailHawks in U.S. Open Cup to their match against the New England Revolution on Sunday.

Above is a series of photos that I took while walking through the park at the North Carolina State Capitol. It includes monuments to the three U.S. Presidents born in North Carolina (Andrew Jackson, Andrew Johnson and James Polk), monuments to state officials as well as monuments to veterans of various wars including the U.S. Civil War.

A few notes from the game:

*The Galaxy have now lost each of their last three Open Cup games, dating back to a quarterfinal loss to Seattle in 2011.

*Only three teams have knocked the Galaxy out of the Open Cup in the last six years. In addition to losing to the RailHawks in the Third Round in 2012 and 2013, LA lost to Seattle in the Quarterfinals in 2010 and 2011 while they were knocked out of the tournament by Colorado in a Play-In Game in 2008 and 2009.

*The only team to beat the Galaxy more than twice in the Open Cup is Chicago, who knocked LA out of the tournament in 2000, 2003 and 2006.

*This was the 16th straight game in all competitions this season that the Galaxy had made at least one change to their starting lineup.

*Chandler Hoffman made his competitive debut for the Galaxy, coming on for Leonardo in the 78th minute.

*Kenney Walker made his first appearance of the season for LA, playing the full 90 minutes in central midfield.

*The Galaxy out shot Carolina 10-7 but had just one shot on goal, with that coming from second half substitute Gyasi Zardes.

*Zardes had a team-high three shots. No other player had more than one.